With the first contest set to take place at Michigan Stadium on August 31, 2024 and the return game set to happen at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2027, the series will be the first home-and-home football series to take place between the two storied programs.
Michigan ranks first in all-time victories with 912 and Texas ranks third with 872. The Texas Board of Regents will consider the tentative agreement in early November, but that should be nothing more than a formality.
The lone previous meeting between the two schools came in the 2005 Rose Bowl following the 2004 season. The two storied programs played a classic with Texas prevailing, 38-37, on Dusty Mangum's 37-yard field goal as time expired. Vince Young accounted for 372 yards and five touchdownss, including 192 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, as the Longhorns won in their first BCS Bowl appearance to cap an 11-1 season.
The game set the stage for the return to the Rose Bowl on the magical national championship run.
Texas will also face Notre Dame and Cal in 2015 and 2016, then play Maryland and USC the next two seasons. In 2019 and 2020, the Horns will once again go head-to-head with the Fighting Irish and then have games scheduled against Ohio State in 2022 and 2023. Texas will travel to Arkansas in 2021 to reprise the old SWC rivalry.
The Horns have been aggressive in scheduling premier non-conference opponents in part because of the weakened Big 12 -- with the grudge match against Oklahoma taking place in the Cotton Bowl every year, Texas has extra pressure to add home game that make the cost of season tickets worth the price of admission.
The tough non-conference schedule also helps ensure that Texas won't be missing out on any playoff berths with an undefeated or even one-loss season, though the current state of the Horns suggests that the team is a long ways off from that possibility.